Forget apples, it seems two pints of milk a day keeps the doctor away…
3 February 2017
The Independent newspaper has reported that England rugby player, Joe Marler, has credited his fast recovery from a broken leg to drinking two pints of milk a day – along with the support of his physiotherapist, Phil Pask of course.
Marler was free to drink as much milk as he liked, even the full fat Jersey milk. He said that he has found the milk so tasty that he will keep drinking it.
Jersey Rugby Club players are also encouraged to use dairy products as part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Jim Molony, The Jersey Rugby Club’s sports and conditioning coach, considers full-fat milk in its purest form to be the best product for Jersey Rugby players. Despite its calorific content the over-riding benefits of milk, butter, full-fat yogurt and cheese are very clear:
- Full-fat dairy products are high in conjugated linoleic acid which has been shown to improve body composition by reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass. This compound is up to 500% higher in grass-fed Jersey herds than grain-fed animals.
- Milk and yogurts in particular have a perfect ratio of protein to carbohydrates, beneficial for training. Whilst the protein provides the amino acids your muscles need to repair themselves, the carbohydrates replace your muscles' energy stores, which are depleted after exercise. Jersey Dairy products in particular have up to 20% more protein than milk from black and white cows.
Jersey Rugby Club’s next home game will be on February 24th 2017 against Yorkshire Carnegie.